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Ending Restrictions on Non-Resident Abortions

Published tisdag 8 november 2005 kl 11.54

A government-commissioned study calls for a change in the law to allow non-resident women to have abortions here.

Since the mid-70’s Sweden has offered free abortions until the 18th week of pregnancy, and the country attracted international headlines when an American woman who had taken the drug thalidomide has allowed to have an abortion here, rather than give birth to a severely deformed child.

But the law was changed to bar non-resident women. Recently there have been reports from women from other countries receiving abortions at hospitals here from doctors who have ignored the restrictions.

The study says that Swedish membership in the European Union means that women from other EU countries have to be allowed abortions here, despite the Swedish law. And, the report continues, in that case there would be no logical reason to prevent women from non-EU countries to have safe and legal abortions here.

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